3rd Factor: Food intolerances? Gluten, cows milk… and what if you had an intolerance?
Some of the foods we consume could be inadequately assimilated because of their composition and our ability to digest them. This is what we call food intolerance. Over the medium to long-term, it could be the reason for the occurrence of intestinal inflammation and permeability. This is defined as the passage of substances such as bacteria, toxins, pollutants, additives, etc leaking through the gut wall.
Physical effort accentuates this occurrence. We often mention gluten (present in pasta), lactose (present in dairy products, except if otherwise mentioned on the label). But they can come from any other food, such as almonds, walnuts or even eggs. We are all different with different digestive systems. It's for you to find the food that causes these little or big digestive disruptions and eliminate them from your diet 2 to 3 weeks before the race day.
And what about a quick course of pre or probiotics? Yes!It's the opportunity to take care of your intestines by providing them with small bacteria necessary to help the gut's flora process properly. The healthier your intestinal flora is, the better your intestines work and the better you will digest.